IDF says 30 aid trucks from Jordan crossed through reopened Erez crossing to Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

This aerial image shows the Erez Crossing after the IDF carried out engineering work for it to process trucks entering northern Gaza, May 1, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
This aerial image shows the Erez Crossing after the IDF carried out engineering work for it to process trucks entering northern Gaza, May 1, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli military says some 30 trucks carrying food and medical supplies from Jordan entered the northern Gaza Strip via the newly reopened Erez crossing today.

The trucks underwent a “careful security inspection” before entering Gaza, the IDF says. The IDF says the reopening of the crossing for humanitarian aid deliveries is “in accordance with the directives of the political echelon.”

The crossing, normally used for foot traffic, had been attacked and severely damaged in Hamas’s October 7 onslaught. The IDF says it carried out engineering work in the area for the pedestrian crossing to be used to process trucks.

It says the engineering forces “constructed inspection and protection infrastructure in the area, as well as paved roads in Israeli territory and in the Strip, enabling the entry of aid to the northern part of the Strip, while strengthening the defenses of the [Gaza border] communities in the area.”

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